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Mozart: Ascanio in Alba (Philips Complete Mozart Edition, Vol. 30)


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listen  1. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 - OverturaLeopold Hager 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - Andante graziosoLeopold Hager 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Di te più amabile, né Dea maggiore" - No.2 CoroLeopold Hager 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Geni, Grazie, ed Amori, fermate il piè" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "L'ombra de'rami tuoi" - No.3 AriaLeopold Hager 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Ma la Ninfa gentil" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Di te più amabile, né Dea maggiore" - No.4 CoroLeopold Hager 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Perché tacer degg'io" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Cara, lontano ancora" - No.5 AriaLeopold Hager 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Venga, de' sommi Eroi" - No.6 Coro / "Ma qual canto risona?" - Recitativo / "Venga, de' sommi Eroi" - No.7 CoroLeopold Hager 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Ma tu, chi sei, che ignoto qui t'aggiri fra noi?" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Se il labbro più non dice" - No.8 AriaLeopold Hager 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Quanto soavi al core de la tua stirpe" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Hai di Diana il core" - "Oh, generosa Diva" - No.9 Coro - RecitativoLeopold Hager 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Venga, de' sommi Eroi" - "Di propria man la Dea a voi la donerà" - "Venga, de' sommi Eroi" - No.10 Coro - Recitativo - No.11 CoroLeopold Hager 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Oh mia gloria, oh mia cura" - RecitativoLeopold Hager0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Per la gioia in questo seno" - No.12 AriaLeopold Hager 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Misera! Che farò?" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Si, ma d'un altro amore" - No.13 CavatinaLeopold Hager 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Ah no, Silvia t'inganni" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Come è felice stato" - No.14 AriaLeopold Hager 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Silvia, mira, che il sole omai s'avanza" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Venga, de' sommi Eroi" - No.15 CoroLeopold Hager 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Cielo! Che vidi mai?" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Ah di sì nobil alma" - No.16 AriaLeopold Hager 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Un'altra prova a te mirar conviene" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Al chiaror di que' bei rai" - No.17 AriaLeopold Hager 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 1 - "Di te più amabile, né Dea maggiore" - No.18 CoroLeopold Hager 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Star lontana non so" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Spiega il desio" - No.19 AriaLeopold Hager 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Già l'ore sen volano" - No.20 CoroLeopold Hager 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Cerco di loco in loco" - "Silvia, ove sei?" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 8:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Dal tuo gentil sembiante" - No.21 AriaLeopold Hager10:36$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Ahimè! Che veggio mai?" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Al mio ben mi veggio avanti" - No.22 AriaLeopold Hager 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Ferma, aspetta, ove vai?" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Infelici affetti miei" - No.23 AriaLeopold Hager 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Anima grande" - "Che strano evento" - "Ahi la crudel" Recitativo - No.24 Coro - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Torna mio bene, ascolta" - No.25 AriaLeopold Hager 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Venga, de' sommi Eroi" - No.26 CoroLeopold Hager 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Che strana meraviglia" - RecitativoLeopold Hager0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Sento, che il cor mi dice" - "Si, Padre, alfin mi taccia" - No.27 Aria - RecitativoLeopold Hager 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Scendi, celeste Venere" - No.28 CoroLeopold Hager 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Ma s'allontani almen" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "No, non possiamo vivere" - "Ecco ingombran l'altare" "Scendi, celeste Venere" - No.29 Coro - Recitativo - No.30 CoroLeopold Hager 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Invoca, o figlia" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Ah caro sposo, oh Dio!" - No.31 TerzettoLeopold Hager 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Eccovi al fin di vostre pene" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Che bel piacer io sento" - No.32 Piccola parte del terzettoLeopold Hager 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Ah chi nodi più forti" - RecitativoLeopold Hager 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111 / Part 2 - "Alma Dea, tutto il mondo governa" - No.33 CoroLeopold Hager 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Lilian Sukis, Agnes Baltsa, Edith Mathis, Peter Schreier, Arleen Auger
  • Orchestra: Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leopold Hager
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (September 12, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000411B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The opera, composed by the teenage Mozart for the Archduke of Austria's wedding to the Princess of Parma, does not have much specific meaning in its libretto.
Even so, it is a very good showcase of opera seria of that era.
The first castrato is of course the protagonist Ascanio, a character that represents the Archduke Ferdinand himself. The prima donna is Venus, the royal mother none other than Empress Maria Theresa herself.
All soloists are impeccable, but the standout is the then young Greek mezzo-soprano Agnes Baltsa in the title role. Baltsa sang Ascanio as if a royal teenager about to be married - excited yet cautious, charismatic yet polite. The clear boyish tinge disappears in later recordings (like Idamente in Idomeneo with Pavarotti, Popp and Gruberova).
Auger, the famous coloratura of the mid-20th century, sung a coloratura aria with stunning virtuosity that shuns later singers, like Natalie Dessay in Mitridate on Decca. You have to hear to believe it.
Peter Schreier as the Priest is the only 'male' voice. This is a true Mozartian singer after Fritz Wunderlich. Over the years, he had not been fairly rated. It is high time to give this outstanding interpretor his due.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jose on April 27, 2014
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i had the Naxos version for many years almost ignoring this opera, when i saw this version with Baltsa, Mathis Schreier & Auger, i knew i had to get it to appreciate better the work. i just loved it. i have all Mozart operas, the early Italian ones are my favorites, not to say that that later ones are in a very good group by themselves. for early Mozart fans a must, the recitatives are tiresome, but since they have cuts for all of them, on my Mozart mp3 player i pass them with no recitatives
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on September 6, 2014
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Born of the impetus that arose from my encounter with La Betulia Liberata - a seismic event - it was time to revisit Ascanio in Alba especially when a traditional, stylish full-fat performance was at hand. Sad to say, I wasn't overwhelmed by the encounter. Its incident beauties notwithstanding, how anyone gets their cheapies from such an undramatic marionette glut-fest is beyond me: we're parsecs away from the Garden of the Commendatore. At no point does one need to consult the libretto: it's much ado about nothing. On paper, K 111 should be enjoyable as a succession of concert arias - the stellar cast lends weight to such a contention - nevertheless this lover of early Mozart found the payload to be oddly enervating, the exception being the sylvan choruses which evoke Arcadia. Many of the arias are interminable. The analogue recording is no distraction.

Mention must be made of the claim that "Peter Schreier as the Priest is the only 'male' voice. This is a true Mozartian singer after Fritz Wunderlich. Over the years, he had not been fairly rated. It is high time to give this outstanding interpretor his due." Good lord! Has the Day of the Locust finally arrived at last? Not that it's needed, but is this more evidence of the evils of fluoridation? While I find Schreier to be more palatable in Italian than his mother-tongue (could this be the phonetics?), he has more true grit to his voice than John Wayne. Akin to Theo Adam's cartel in Dresden, Schreier hogged most of these DG productions of early Mozart from the Seventies, all to their detriment.

Ascanio in Alba warrants a listen. Some will claim that it should feature as the lead-event at the Met in the season-to-come (imagine the ticket-sales). KK 87, 118 and 135 it ain't. Mortal, seek not strange gods!
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Initially this magnificent Philips/Hager recording of "Ascanio in Alba" was vol. 30 of the epoch-making COMPLETE MOZART EDITION (1991), but is now in box 13, "Early Italian Operas", in the COMPLETE COMPACT MOZART EDITION (2000-06).

For the first time, the musical world is discovering the 11 enchanting operas that Mozart wrote as a teenager, aged 11 to 19, (1767-1775), each one sparkling with extraordinary creativity.

Musical quotations are from Hermann Abert's "W.A. MOZART" (1919, transl. 2007).

A 15-YEAR OLD MOZART IS ASKED TO COMPOSE AN "OPERA DI FESTA" TO CELEBRATE A ROYAL WEDDING

Following the great success of Mozart's "Mitridate" in the Milan Carnival of Dec. 1770-Jan. 1771, the Empress of Austria, Maria Theresa, commissioned the young l5-year old Mozart (already back in Salzburg) to write a "Serenata" (allegorical opera "di festa") for the grandiose festivities celebrating the wedding of the Empress's son, Archduke Ferdinand, to Maria Beatrice d'Este, Princess of Modena, on Oct. 15, 1771.
The main opera seria was to be written by the old composer Johann Hasse ("Ruggerio"), and performed on Oct. 16, with Mozart's "Serenata" played the day after, Oct. 17.
This "festa teatrale" was to be a festive court entertainment, secondary to the main opera. In this celebration of the royal wedding, "outward pomp" was expected to predominate over the action. The Serenata resulted in an extraordinary large-scale "opera di festa" -- a genre different from "seria" and "buffa" -- a monumental hymn to the excitement of courtship and joy of wedding day by young Mozart.

Most likely, the commission was prompted by the young Princess, rather than the dour, aging, Empress, who never showed much enthusiasm for the Mozarts.
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